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Showing 43 articles from June 30, 2009.

FRONT PAGE

July 4th celebrations
July 4th celebrations
Residents will have no shortage of options to celebrate this country’s Independence Day.
In fact, Wake Forest gets started on Friday, July 3, with its two-day celebration.
Gates open at Trentini Stadium at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with a $5 admission. The event will feature live bands and fireworks display that night.
Saturday will feature a morning children’s parade with a lineup beginning at 10 a.m. on North Main Street and Juniper Avenue.

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Small business is big business
... it’s the small or expanding businesses, most times, that are the lifeblood of a community.” — Ronnie Goswick
Small business is big business
FRANKLINTON — After Angela Ragland found herself downsized out of a job, the Henderson resident didn’t lose sight of big dreams.
After working in restaurant management for 20 years, Ragland was laid off.
She catered for the past three years, but decided she wanted to have her own restaurant one day.
Last month, she opened Angela’s Grill on N. Front Street in town, offering breakfast and lunch specialties such as pork chops and chicken salad.

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Shooting suspect could also be thief
Shooting suspect could also be thief
A Franklinton teenager involved in a shooting last week may also be tied to thefts in Franklin and Wake counties, investigators say.
Authorities arrested Louis Ervin Yarborough Jr., 19, of Gentle Winds Drive, on June 24, a day after police allege he shot Demario L. Alston.
Alston’s wounds were not life threatening, but he was taken to WakeMed for treatment.
Franklinton authorities  said that unfortunately, the shooting — which took place 10 days after another shooting in town  — is the kind of activity that comes about in the summer time.

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Franklinton looks at funding sewer line
Franklinton looks at funding sewer line
FRANKLINTON — During a workshop on Monday, the town’s Board of Commissioners decided they would consider making a decision in a few weeks that could expedite a development project along U.S. 1.
The town has applied for $75,000 in stimulus money from the USDA to cover their portion — $95,000 — of  a $345,000 sewer project that would serve a proposed Hardee’s restaurant and other developments along U.S. 1.
If the full grant amount is approved, the town could pull $20,000 from fund balance to fund its part of the project.

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Third arrested in home invasion
Authorities arrested a third person in a home invasion robbery.
Vance County sheriff’s deputies arrested Janika Montia Williams, 17, on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and breaking and entering.
The victim was not injured in the June 13 robbery.
Williams was taken into custody the evening of June 24  and placed in the Franklin County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond.

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Holiday could alter newspaper delivery
Subscribers of The Franklin Times who receive their subscriptions by mail may not receive their weekend edition at the usual time because the Post Office is closing on Saturday in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
The weekend edition will be published as normal late Friday and will be delivered to news dealers and coin-operated racks as usual.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Louisburg resident Pat Perry

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Division of Community Property
Editorial Cartoon: Division of Community Property


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Joining campo is a good thing
Here’s a bit of good news to ponder at a time when good news has been downright scarce.
Louisburg is now seated at CAMPO, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
If you’re a so-called “policy wonk,” you know immediately how important that is.
But if that sounds like no big deal to you, let us beg to differ -- and try to explain.
CAMPO is this area’s MPO, metropolitan planning organization and its reach is not only great, it’s growing as Raleigh and Wake County’s influence stretches far beyond mere political boundaries.

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Jackson’s still dead and the cabbage was good
Jackson’s still dead and the cabbage was good
AND THE EARTH STOOD STILL: At least that’s the way it appeared to anyone turning on their television sets Saturday and Sunday. Wall-to-wall Michael Jackson – the star was dead – next to nothing new to report, just the same ol’, same ol’, over and over and over again on all channels continuously for two days and nights.
Talk about flogging a poor horse to death, this case makes a perfect example.

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Interest in raising taxes takes on different sound in year’s time
Interest in raising taxes takes on different sound in year’s time
While at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners meeting last week, I heard something I never thought I would hear — applause resulting from a decision to raise taxes.
It was a far cry from the board’s meeting last year to adopt its budget.
At the time, Commissioner Lyn Buffaloe suggested that the board increase taxes to cover the cost of school bonds that voters approved in 2004 and the spring of 2008.

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Website Reader Participation Results June 24-30
Website Reader Participation Results June 24-30
Faith in the Franklin County Board of Commissioners?
Should efforts be made to save the Early-College Program for at-risk students?

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Upset over cut trees
Dear Editor:
Progress Energy’s contractor, Asplundh, entered private properties in Louisburg on June 24 and 25 without prior notification and proceeded to cut saplings and three trees which ranged from 8.75 to 14.5 inches in diameter.
Fifteen trees are now marked for death, their trunks ranging from 10 to 35 inches in circumference. These trees border a spring-fed stream and are necessary for erosion control and for air pollution control.

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North Carolina wants health care reform
If you’ve been trying to keep up with the health care debate being staged in Washington you might be like a North Carolina CEO who said, “I’m mad as hell about health care. I just don’t know who to be mad at.” It’s true. Our health care system is broken and needs fixing. And like that CEO, we are mad.
Trusting that solution to a bunch of politicians in Washington (or Raleigh) doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, but the plain truth is that the current players in health care haven’t given us any alternative. This problem has been escalating for decades. Meanwhile, health costs rise exponentially while the players guard their own turf, protect profits and allow a system riddled with poor management, waste, excessive costs, fraud and inefficiency to continue.

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Legislative Watch
The following votes were some taken in the General Assembly, week ending June 27, by state Rep. Lucy Allen and state Sen. Doug Berger:

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OBITUARIES

ROXIE ROSS
FRANKLINTON—Roxie Ross, 83, died Friday, June 26, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 29, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Franklinton Chapel in Franklinton, with the Rev. Clyde Waiden presiding. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

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LARRY J. ROGERS
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for Larry J. Rogers, 57, who died Sunday, June 28, 2009, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, at Allen Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Michael Alston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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TYRONE A. GRANT
KITTRELL - Funeral services for Tyrone A. Grant, 42, who died Saturday, June 27, 2009, will be conducted at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Faith Baptist Church in Youngsville, with the Rev. Richard Mills officiating. Burial will follow in the Lewis family cemetery.

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CHARLES L. MANN
RALEIGH - Charles Linus Mann, 81, died Thursday, June 25, 2009 at home. Funeral service was conducted Saturday, June 27, at Maskil Fellowship Church, 2227 Milburnie Road, Raleigh. Entombment followed at Raleigh Memorial Park.

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GEORGE W. CROWDER
ZEBULON - George W. Crowder, 75, died Saturday, June 27, 2009. Funeral service was conducted Tuesday, June 30, at Zebulon Baptist Church. Burial was in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

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ELAINE D. BARBEE
YOUNGSVILLE — Elaine Delbridge Barbee, 86, died Thursday, June 25, 2009 at her residence after a period of declining health. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, June 28, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Shannon Scott officiating. Burial followed in the Southeastern Theological Seminary cemetery.

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DANNY C. GRISSOM
LOUISBURG - Danny Clemont Grissom, 43, died Monday morning, June 29, 2009. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 1) in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg, with the Rev. Jack Cox officiating. Burial will follow in the Hill King UMC cemetery.

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PATRICIA B. “PAT” LANE
JANUARY 23, 1953 – JUNE 26, 2009
GARNER – Patricia B. “Pat” Lane, 56, of Garner, passed away Friday, June 26, 2009, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

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SPORTS

Plenty At Stake
CLOSE PLAY AT FIRST BASE. Louisburg’s Quamon Person (right) beats out an infield single as Bunn first baseman Taylor Proctor awaits a throw during Monday evening’s action at the Dixie Youth Minor League District Tournament.
Plenty At Stake
LOUISBURG -- Much more than a ticket out of the loser’s bracket was at stake when Bunn and Louisburg met Monday in the semifinals of the Dixie Youth Minor League District Tournament.
Dixie Youth uses a rotation system to determine which district receives two state berths at respective levels.
For the local district, that meant this year’s double-dipper would be in the Minor Leagues.
Oxford was well on its way to securing one of those berths, barring a victory later Monday against a gritty squad from Youngsville.

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Rays Rule The Pool -- Again
BACKSTROKE EXCELLENCE. Ariel Frazier takes to the water to compete in a backstroke event for the Town and Country Stingrays during recent pool action. (Submitted photo by Nicki Marshall)
Rays Rule The Pool -- Again
LOUISBURG -- The Town and Country Stingrays have opened their summer swim schedule with a pair of matches in recent weeks.
On June 11, the Stingrays kicked off their campaign with a 255-153 setback to the Winchester Waves.
Last Thursday, Town and Country picked up its first victory, topping the Broadlands Barracudas by a convincing 276-66 margin.
TC continued its season Tuesday with a road meeting at Hasentree in Wake Forest.
The Stingrays’ first two match results were as follows (Top Two finishers are listed):

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Ponies rack up a crown
AIR BALL. This pitch was too high for the liking of Bunn Ponytails slugger Erica Davis during last Saturday’s contest against Oxford at the Dixie Softball District Tournament in Warren County. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Ponies rack up a crown
WARRENTON -- Championship savvy must be learned, and certainly cannot be taught.
And no team in Franklin County Dixie Softball history knows that fact more than the current group of Bunn Ponytails’ players.
Several of the standouts on Bunn’s current Ponytails’ squad were on the program’s two-time state championship groups on younger levels.
Bunn is also the defending state title holder on the Angels level, and several of those performers have graduated to the Ponies -- where the success continues to mount.

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FHS star selected for game
FHS star selected for game
Another chapter was added to Josh Woodburn’s seemingly never-ending list of accomplishments, recently.
The Franklinton High School boys soccer standout -- who is regarded as potentially the best player in Franklin County history -- has been selected to play in the prestigious Clash of the Carolinas matchup on July 11 in Charleston, S.C.
The contest will be played at Blackbaud Stadium, which is the home of the professional Charleston Battery club.
The match is the equivalent of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas football game and features the North Carolina boys against the South Carolina boys.

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Louisburg’s Great Sports
HAVING A BALL. The Louisburg All-Stars had a great time -- and took second place and won the Sportsmanship Award -- during last weekend’s action in the Angels Division at the Dixie Softball District Tournament.
Louisburg’s Great Sports
WARRENTON -- Louisburg’s Angels served notice for the future by rallying for a second-place finish at last weekend’s Dixie Softball District Tournament at Warren County Recreation Park.
After losing in the first-round of the double-elimination format, the Angels bounced back with a trio of victories, including decisions over perennial area powers Bunn and Oxford.
Those conquests put Louisburg into the championship round, where Coach Shane Wilder’s club was eliminated by Dunn -- which will now represent the district at the state tournament.

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Bunn’s Angels claim third at districts
Bunn’s Angels claim third at districts
WARRENTON -- After winning their first-round matchup last Saturday, the Bunn Angels appeared poised to make a potential run at a Dixie Softball District Tournament championship.
But things didn’t go as the Angels had hoped for on Sunday, as the club suffered back-to-back losses and were eliminated from the annual event, which was held at the Warrenton Recreation Park.
In Sunday’s first game, Bunn was defeated 11-9 by eventual champion Dunn. The contest went back-and-forth before Dunn took the lead for good with six runs in the top of the fourth inning.

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Louisburg Darlings take home a trophy
POINTING THE WAY. Louisburg assistant coach Jerry Faulkner gives some baserunning tips to Amber Riggan. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Louisburg Darlings take home a trophy
WARRENTON -- Louisburg’s All-Stars exceeded the expectations of head coach Dawn Riggan during action last weekend at the Dixie Softball Darlings Tournament at the Warren County Recreation Park.
In addition to their third-place performance, the All-Stars took home the prestigious Sportsmanship Award -- which meant the club was able to accept a trophy.
For the building Louisburg softball program, it was a perfect ending to the tourney, which saw the All-Stars take on strong teams from Oxford and Bunn.

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Bunn Darlings 2nd at district tourney
BUNN EN-FORCE-HER. Bunn’s Casey Salter throws the ball to convert a force play against Oxford. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
Bunn Darlings 2nd at district tourney
WARRENTON -- A talented Oxford team stood in the way of Bunn’s path to the top spot at the Dixie Softball Darlings Tournament last Saturday.
Bunn’s All-Stars tried hard, but they simply couldn’t get past Oxford, which defeated Bunn twice to earn the championship at Warren County Recreation Park.
After wrapping up the title, Oxford qualified for the upcoming Dixie Softball State Tournament in Wilmington.
Oxford’s defense was strong throughout the districts, including last Saturday’s opening 6-0 decision over Bunn.

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FCPR HOSTS HOOPS CAMP
FCPR HOSTS HOOPS CAMP
The Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department hosted a basketball camp from June 22-25 at Royal Elementary School. Over 70 youngsters participated, including Adam Champion (right), who is preparing to receive instruction from Dontae Lassiter.

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Passing Grade For FHS
Passing Grade For FHS
FRANKLINTON -- Fall practice is still one month away, but the Franklinton Red Rams are already preparing for the upcoming high school football season.
Last Thursday, the Red Rams took on Middle Creek High School in a Summer Passing League contest.
”This was a great opportunity for us to come out and get some valuable experience against a well -coached Class 4-A school with a spread offense,’’ said FHS second-year head coach Clark Harrell. “We have several more games lined up this summer and hope to get good looks at our defense against throwing teams.

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BHS spike sked released
BHS spike sked released
BUNN -- Bunn High School’s Ladycats will begin their 2009 volleyball schedule on Aug. 17 with a home contest against Nash Central.
BHS’ complete worksheet is as follows (home matches are listed in CAPS):

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Mudcats thwart comeback
Mudcats thwart comeback
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. -- The Carolina Mudcats threw out two would-be tying runs at the plate in the last of the ninth inning to secure a 7-6 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts at AT&T Field, ending a five-game losing streak in the Class AA Southern League.
After a leadoff double by Chattanooga’s Ramon Nivar, Josh Bell singled down the left-field line, but Todd Frazier cut off the hit on his backhand side and threw out Nivar at the plate to protect the lead, with Bell taking second. 

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LIFESTYLES

Patterson-Lankshear
Patterson-Lankshear
Lauren Patterson and David Lankshear were married on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Pearce Baptist Church, Zebulon. The 4 p.m. traditional ceremony was officiated by Pastor Rhonda Maurer.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Patterson of Bunn.
The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. David Lankshear of Raleigh.

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Robert & Bobbie Wood celebrate 50th wedding anniversary with family
Robert & Bobbie Wood celebrate 50th wedding anniversary with family
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wood were honored with a reception celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 7. Robert and Bobbie were married on June 6, 1959. Their children are Randy Wood and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Murray. They have three grandchildren, Brittany Wood, Lauren Murray and Matthew Murray. They also have one great-grandchild, Macy Strickland.


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BIRTH: Connor Brice Norris
BIRTH: Connor Brice Norris
Brian and Kellie Norris of Kittrell are proud to announce the birth of their son, Connor Brice Norris, born June 26, 2009 at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Richard Aman of Clinton and the late Shirley Aman.
Paternal grandparents are Larry and Karen Norris of Kittrell.
Paternal great-grandmother is Dorcas Ann Norris of Cary.

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Brummitt completes Navy basic training
Navy Seaman Recruit Timothy S. Brummitt, son of  Donna M. Cooper of Youngsville and Steve Brummitt of Norfolk, Va., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Brummitt completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

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Wheeler celebrates with four generations
Wheeler celebrates with four generations
Roylene Wheeler celebrated her 75th birthday on April 22 with her family at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Bruce Allen Jr. Pictured above are four generations: Roylene, daughter Wanda, grandson Adam, and great-grandson Michael.

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Ninety-seven years young
Ninety-seven years young
Ruby Jones Allen, a native of Franklin County, celebrated her 97th birthday on Sunday, June 21, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Oxford.
Mrs. Allen entered the parish hall with only the aid of a cane. She was greeted by approximately 65 guests, who traveled from Richmond, Va., Arlington, Va., Greensboro, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Louisburg, Durham, Raleigh and the local area.
Lillie A. Moss, daughter of the honoree, gave the greetings and a short version of the honoree’s life before introducing Elizabeth Marrow, who presided over the event.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Wake Electric to test new “smart grid” technology
Wake Electric has announced it will work with Consert, Inc. of Raleigh to test new “smart grid” technology based on a home energy management system accessed through the Internet. The company said the pilot project will involve 100 customers, primarily in the Wake Forest, Rolesville and Youngsville areas.
Wake Electric said the six- to eight-month pilot project is a first step toward creating a more efficient, environmentally responsible electricity grid.  “This project will provide customers with improved energy use information and automation,” said Jim Mangum, CEO of Wake Electric.  “Our customers will be able to use new technology to have choice and control over how they use energy.” The company said information learned from the pilot will be used in the future to implement “smart grid” technology on a wider, more comprehensive scale.

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Motorcycle wreck kills Kittrell man
A Kittrell man died Saturday following a motorcycle wreck.
According to a report by Trooper B.S. Gardner, Tyrone Antonio Grant, 42, was travelling west on Dyking Road near Best View Drive when he apparently lost control of the 2000 Yamaha he was riding.
According to the report, Grant ran off the right side of the road during the 7:35 a.m. accident.

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